Sephardic Jewish American Research Study and Leadership Institute Team

Sarah Levin, Interim Project Director  As the Executive Director of JIMENA, Sarah Levin has conceptualized and developed a number of campaigns and programs for Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews to explore, preserve, protect, and share their heritage, identities, and experiences. In partnership with a multitude of organizations, universities, museums, and organizations around the world, Sarah is proud to continue leading domestic and international efforts to pursue acknowledgement, justice, and redress for Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews. In 2020 Sarah created, implemented, and oversaw the first phase of the Sephardic National Study.

Dr. Mijal Bitton, Director of Research Dr. Bitton serves as a Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Rosh Kehilla (communal leader) and co-founder of the Downtown Minyan in New York City. Dr. Bitton received a BA from Yeshiva University and earned her doctorate from New York University, where she conducted an ethnographic study of a Syrian Jewish community with a focus on developing the field of contemporary Sephardic studies in America.  She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

Sapir Taib, Program Coordinator  currently serves as JIMENA’s Program Director and until the Program Manager position is filled, Sapir will assist with coordination and implementation of the program. Sapir graduated from Bar Ilan University with a B.A in Political and Social Science, which led her to pursue international opportunities in foreign relations.

Sephardic Study Academic Advisory Committee 

Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, Director of Survey Research for Rosov Consulting

Dr. Guila Benchimol, Principal Researcher for the Orthodox Union Center for Communal Research

Dr. Matt Boxer, Assistant Research Professor in the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University

Dr. Arielle Levites, Managing Director of the Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) at George Washington University

Dr. Laura Limonic, Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY

Matt Williams, Director of the Center for Communal Research at Orthodox Union